Keith Thurman On Errol Spence: “I Bet He Hates Having To Talk About Me.”

By: Sean Crose Credit Marcos Villegas for getting Keith Thurman to talk for the better portion of an hour for Fight Hub TV. The former WBA titlist hasn't been in the ring since he was bested by Manny Pacquiao in 2019, though he's always been open to speaking his mind. "Just really homebound," new father Thurman told Villegas, "getting back in the gym." Thurman also indicated he's eager to return to the ring soon. "There's a little bit more to fight for," he said of being a father. "Just can't wait to get back and showcase my skills again...I always live for the performance." Villegas asked Thurman outright when he would be fighting again. "If I get what I want, we'll be dancing right before the Jingle Bells," Thurman responded. "If I have to wait til January, so be it." The fighter known as "One Time" admitted that he'd most likely be focusing on a fighter who isn't in the top five...at first. "I didn't need this much time off," he said. "Time was one thing. Now it's overtime." Villegas mentioned a possible fight with Pacquiao conqueror Yordenis Ugas. Thurman declared such a fight would be "a lot more exciting" than Ugas' fight against Pacquiao, "because I will be willing to press. He was such a bigger man over Pacquiao. It's not easy for Pacquiao to walk in on Ugas." Thurman also expressed sympathy for Errol Spence, who was supposed to face Pacquiao before an eye injury allowed Ugas to step in. "Gut wrenching," Thurman said. "It's gotta just make you want to throw up missing an opportunity." Still, Thurman argued that "what matters is that he (Spence) comes back." With that in mind, Thurman suggested a fight between Ugas and Spence might be less than thrilling. "We can put great fighters in the ring together," he said, "but it doesn't always mean that you're going to have a great fight." Villegas brought up the fact that Spence seems to dislike Thurman. "In my lack of acknowledging him (several years ago), I was busy getting better fights," Thurman said, referring to a period when he appeared less than interested facing Spence in the ring. "At the time, I had other things on my to do list. I never flat out disrespected him. I just said get bigger and I'll see you when it's worth something." "I don't know how much he really hates me," said Thurman, "but I bet he hates having to talk about me." The post Keith Thurman On Errol Spence: “I Bet He Hates Having To Talk About Me.” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Keith Thurman On Errol Spence: “I Bet He Hates Having To Talk About Me.”

By: Sean Crose

Credit Marcos Villegas for getting Keith Thurman to talk for the better portion of an hour for Fight Hub TV. The former WBA titlist hasn't been in the ring since he was bested by Manny Pacquiao in 2019, though he's always been open to speaking his mind. "Just really homebound," new father Thurman told Villegas, "getting back in the gym." Thurman also indicated he's eager to return to the ring soon. "There's a little bit more to fight for," he said of being a father. "Just can't wait to get back and showcase my skills again...I always live for the performance."

Villegas asked Thurman outright when he would be fighting again. "If I get what I want, we'll be dancing right before the Jingle Bells," Thurman responded. "If I have to wait til January, so be it." The fighter known as "One Time" admitted that he'd most likely be focusing on a fighter who isn't in the top five...at first. "I didn't need this much time off," he said. "Time was one thing. Now it's overtime."

Villegas mentioned a possible fight with Pacquiao conqueror Yordenis Ugas.

Thurman declared such a fight would be "a lot more exciting" than Ugas' fight against Pacquiao, "because I will be willing to press. He was such a bigger man over Pacquiao. It's not easy for Pacquiao to walk in on Ugas." Thurman also expressed sympathy for Errol Spence, who was supposed to face Pacquiao before an eye injury allowed Ugas to step in. "Gut wrenching," Thurman said. "It's gotta just make you want to throw up missing an opportunity." Still, Thurman argued that "what matters is that he (Spence) comes back." With that in mind, Thurman suggested a fight between Ugas and Spence might be less than thrilling. "We can put great fighters in the ring together," he said, "but it doesn't always mean that you're going to have a great fight."

Villegas brought up the fact that Spence seems to dislike Thurman. "In my lack of acknowledging him (several years ago), I was busy getting better fights," Thurman said, referring to a period when he appeared less than interested facing Spence in the ring. "At the time, I had other things on my to do list. I never flat out disrespected him. I just said get bigger and I'll see you when it's worth something."

"I don't know how much he really hates me," said Thurman, "but I bet he hates having to talk about me."

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Emanuel Navarrete Wins All Out War Against Joet Gonzalez

By: Hans Themistode For most of Emanuel Navarrete’s three-year featherweight title reign, he made quick work of his opposition. With seven stoppage wins in his past eight fights, and two knockdowns against Ruben Villa, the lone fighter who went the full 12 round distance with Navarrete, the Mexican star was forced to bite down on his mouthpiece for the first time in several years. At the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, this past Friday night, Navarrete took on former title challenger Joet Gonzalez. Things didn't start the way Gonzalez had been hoping for. A cut under his right eye which was ruled to have been caused by a legal punch in the second round left him bloodied. Despite the unfortunate start, Gonzalez pushed ahead and landed several hard shots on his man. The two continued the back and forth action throughout much of the first half of their contest but it was Navarrete who appeared to have a bit more in the gas tank. In the 12th and final round, determined to retain his world title, Navarrete attempted to close the show by throwing a fight-high 104 punches. Gonzalez, on the other hand, didn't back down from the high volume of Navarrete. The two-time title challenger threw 79 punches of his own. In the end, the high work rate of Navarrete allowed him to prolong his title reign. But, seeing how close their showdown ultimately was, Navarrete is more than willing to give Gonzalez another chance. “It was a very close fight but I think the difference between us was conditioning,” Navarrete said in his post-fight interview. “I hurt him, but every single time he came back. He also hurt me with a couple of shots that he landed during the fight. Without a doubt, I would give Gonzalez a rematch.” The post Emanuel Navarrete Wins All Out War Against Joet Gonzalez appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Emanuel Navarrete Wins All Out War Against Joet Gonzalez

By: Hans Themistode

For most of Emanuel Navarrete’s three-year featherweight title reign, he made quick work of his opposition. With seven stoppage wins in his past eight fights, and two knockdowns against Ruben Villa, the lone fighter who went the full 12 round distance with Navarrete, the Mexican star was forced to bite down on his mouthpiece for the first time in several years.

At the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, this past Friday night, Navarrete took on former title challenger Joet Gonzalez.

Things didn't start the way Gonzalez had been hoping for. A cut under his right eye which was ruled to have been caused by a legal punch in the second round left him bloodied. Despite the unfortunate start, Gonzalez pushed ahead and landed several hard shots on his man.

The two continued the back and forth action throughout much of the first half of their contest but it was Navarrete who appeared to have a bit more in the gas tank. In the 12th and final round, determined to retain his world title, Navarrete attempted to close the show by throwing a fight-high 104 punches. Gonzalez, on the other hand, didn't back down from the high volume of Navarrete. The two-time title challenger threw 79 punches of his own.

In the end, the high work rate of Navarrete allowed him to prolong his title reign. But, seeing how close their showdown ultimately was, Navarrete is more than willing to give Gonzalez another chance.

“It was a very close fight but I think the difference between us was conditioning,” Navarrete said in his post-fight interview. “I hurt him, but every single time he came back. He also hurt me with a couple of shots that he landed during the fight. Without a doubt, I would give Gonzalez a rematch.”

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